Objective Thoughts

Series of Blogs on Scaled Agile, Lean and SAFe

September 27, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have been in the Agile community for over 15 years now. This long perspective has provided me insights which I rarely see talked about.  This blog series will capture many of these.  Here’s a synopsis of each blog to come:


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The Danger of Point Solutions

September 21, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The software development world has created several approaches to improving the work at the team level. These include eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban, Kanban Method. While all of these solutions are based on some degree of reality, much of their organization and practices are based on the belief systems of their creators.


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Enough With Defending Approaches

September 20, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

My banter on twitter about being unhappy with Scrum and the Kanban Method leaving things out is reasonably well known.  I very often exclaim that Scrum should be done within the context of lean (a 10+ year old rant) and that the Kanban Method must attend to teams (which it’s been deemed to be orthogonal too).  When I make my claims I usually hear that “these approaches are designed this way”.


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Myths I Do Not Believe In

August 10, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

One of my frustrations in the industry is that so many people continue to propagate ideas for which I do not to believe to be true.  Much of the time there is vast evidence to the contrary, but these ideas are rarely talked about on discussion groups.  I’ve even seen their discussion to be discouraged by many.


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Insights at Agile 2014, Part III: Lean-Agile Development, 3rd Generation Agile

August 5, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Product developers should adopt a Lean mindset.They can then look at their situation, ask a few questions, and decide on the particulars of the development process adapted to their situation. While it may appear the choices are more complex than this, the reality is otherwise. There is much that both the common practice of Scrum and the Kanban Method leave out. And they both take non-Lean attitudes about different things, which they shouldn’t. The approach described in this blog post enables novice teams to be given a set of practices to start with, but a set that fits their situation a lot better than arbitrarily picking Scrum or the Kanban Method.


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Al Shalloway
Business, Operations, Process, Sales, Agile Design and Patterns, Personal Development, Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Jim Trott
Business and Strategy Development, Analysis and Design Methods, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile, Workflow, Technical Writing, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Kanban
Ken Pugh
Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Scrum
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile